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Cheap and cheerful tank tops?

(27 Posts)
NotQuiteCockney Fri 15-Jul-05 22:22:20

I need to buy some tank tops, I am boiling! I want 100% cotton or nearly. Bright colours, maybe? Wide straps, so I can hope my bra straps won't show. Not short.

I'd rather they were cheap, although I guess they don't have to be.

Save me trolling around looking - tell me where to go!

Yorkiegirl Fri 15-Jul-05 22:23:52

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Micku5 Fri 15-Jul-05 22:26:29

I saw some in Primark... can't remember how much they were though.

expatinscotland Fri 15-Jul-05 22:27:00


kikidee Fri 15-Jul-05 22:33:09

What about Top Shop's vests with the thick straps? A girl I work with wears them over shirts as proper tank tops and they look great but are also good on their own.

marthamoo Fri 15-Jul-05 22:49:54

By tank tops do you mean vest tops? I have boought several in Dorothy Perkins this year (a fiver each). Scoop necks, wide enough straps that your bra doesn't show, fab.

gingerbear Fri 15-Jul-05 22:52:02

Tank tops - I always think of Father Dougal

marthamoo Fri 15-Jul-05 22:52:36

Me too, gingerbear

expatinscotland Fri 15-Jul-05 22:53:40

Aye, they're vest tops.

I only sleep in them - I'd get arrested for being offensive in public if I wore them outside the house.

colditz Fri 15-Jul-05 22:54:26

Go to Peacocks, they have them in all different colours and sizes. don't tumble dry well, but they are very cheap.

CarolinaMoon Fri 15-Jul-05 22:55:32

tesco. 3 quid each. they are fab and nice adn long.

NotQuiteCockney Sat 16-Jul-05 08:08:51

What does tank top mean in this country? I think we'd call them tank tops back home - I mean a sleeveless shirt with scoop neck. Not quite a strappy top, as I want to at least pretend my bra straps aren't showing ...

Lots of these sound great. I'll figure out where I can get to easily this weekend. I don't tumble dry things, so I don't care about that part. Oh, and I'm probably an 18 these days, I don't think Top Shop go that big do they?

It'll probably be Dotty P or Tesco, I can find those. (I'm curious about Matalan, but I think they're all only accessible by car ...) Hmm, or New Look or Peacocks.

Is Primark the one that you keep reading about in fashion pages, but it's dead cheap? I think there's one in Hackney.

CiaoLeoCiaoOllie Sat 16-Jul-05 12:00:20

Primark/J.C. Penneys in Ireland - 2.50 for plain ones!!! They are about 4.00 for ones with patterns and sequins on and go up to size 20/22.

By 'tank top' do u mean something of this description?

NotQuiteCockney Sat 16-Jul-05 12:01:12

Yeah, that's the sort of thing I mean. A sleeveless tshirt, essentially.


CiaoLeoCiaoOllie Sat 16-Jul-05 12:48:00

That one is only 6.00 and it's Red Herring at Debenhams! I found it on the debenhams website.

CiaoLeoCiaoOllie Sat 16-Jul-05 12:49:35

Ooooohhhh....and George @ asda too! I got a gorgeous lemon v-neck one for 2.50!!! The have loads and really great quality too!

hunkermunker Sat 16-Jul-05 12:53:56

Tank top in this country - well, to me, it means an old man jumper - a sleeveless one, probably with a high synthetic material content in brown or mustard, v-necked too

NotQuiteCockney Sat 16-Jul-05 15:52:36

See, we'd call those vests, or sweater-vests - we also call your waistcoats (what a funny word!), vests. And what you call vests, we call undershirts. And don't even get me started on dungarees, jumpers and pinafores! (Or suspenders!)

What would British people call these things, these sleeveless t-shirt type things. Like vests, but worn on the outside, in a casual sort of way?

hoxtonchick Sat 16-Jul-05 15:55:17

primark, definitely. and they go up to an 18. there is one in hackney nqc, just past m&s on the narrow-way.

NomDePlume Sat 16-Jul-05 15:57:19

I'd call them vests. Whether worn as underwear or as outerwear.

Debenhams have a big range

M&S one with thick straps and secret support so no need for bra!

M&S one with ^thin^ straps and secret support

NotQuiteCockney Sat 16-Jul-05 16:01:24

Hmm, secret support will be good when I'm not breastfeeding, but not so good now. (I actually have a couple of thin strap ones with amusing Mardi Gras style breastfeeding access things, but they're a bit scary.)

And I suspect thin straps with wide shoulders isn't a good look, is it? Dainty clothes look funny on me.

colditz Sat 16-Jul-05 16:16:50


Underwear = vest.
Outerwear = vest top.
Wooley-and-on-top-of-other-clothes = tank top.
Sleeveless-and-opens-at-the-front = waistcoat.

It can be regional though.

lunachic Sat 16-Jul-05 16:19:06

next £4.50

babyonboard Sun 17-Jul-05 10:28:21

H&M are great..they usually have loads of slightly different styles in every colour imaginable from £2 each or so. they also range from size 6 to size 26..pretty damn good for high street and they tend to keep their shape. i'm not a fan of primark or new look..i know its cheap but the stitching always falls apart and they lose their shape or fade in the wash easily.

Gillian76 Sun 17-Jul-05 10:33:01

I'd agree with lunachic. I got some of these from Next for £4.50. I am a size 20 and they fit well. Wide straps and I can wear my bra without it showing. You can order from next online if you don't fancy trailing round the shops. They will deliver next day for £3.50

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